Precinct Visit the hid­den gems of Vic­to­ria’s Port Mel­bourne



LOCATED FIVE KILO­ME­TRES south-west of Mel­bourne’s CBD, Port Mel­bourne is a stun­ning bay­side sub­urb that has some­thing for ev­ery­one, whether it’s a walk along the beau­ti­ful wa­ter­front over­look­ing Port Phillip Bay, a drink and a bite to eat at a historic pub or, if you’re in the mood for a spot of shop­ping, a stroll down Bay Street with its gor­geous home­wares havens. 1 | MIS­TER WHITE

Thirty years ago, Melissa Wills was run­ning a very dif­fer­ent busi­ness on the site that is now home­wares and gift store Mis­ter White. “It was orig­i­nally a ho­tel I ran with my hus­band,” says Melissa. Six years ago, af­ter spend­ing some time in Ban­ga­low, NSW, Melissa and her daugh­ter Charmion de­cided to rein­vent the space her hus­band still owns. And so, Mis­ter White was born. When choos­ing items for the store, the duo fo­cuses on looks as well as qual­ity. “Find­ing prod­ucts that last is a huge fac­tor,” says Melissa.

MUST-HAVE: The Dharma Door laun­dry bas­ket, $149.

OPEN: Tues-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm;

Mon, closed.

VISIT: 2/190 Bay Street, (03) 9681 9109.

BOOK­MARK: face­ Mis­ter-White-431960860209923/


When Soonee Armsby went shop­ping with her two young daugh­ters, who are now tweens, she al­ways found it hard to browse with them tag­ging along. This gave her an idea; to cre­ate a store where chil­dren were al­ways wel­come, which is how Ju­nior Repub­lic was thought up. “I wanted to cre­ate a space where lit­tle ones could play so you could shop in peace,” says Soonee, who has owned Ju­nior Repub­lic for al­most 10 years. Orig­i­nally stock­ing only chil­drenswear and a se­lect range of toys, the store has ex­panded into gifts and beau­ti­ful home­wares over the years.

MUST-HAVE: Leaf & Bear kokedama plant (pic­tured right), from $24.95.

OPEN: Mon-Sat, 9.30am5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm.

VISIT: 51 Bay Street, (03) 9646 1135. BOOK­MARK:


3 | CO.CO

Af­ter years of help­ing small busi­ness own­ers grow their busi­nesses and achieve their goals, Sue As­ciak had a dream of her own; to one day own a home­wares and life­style store. In Novem­ber 2011 she made her dream come true and opened the doors to Co.Co, a place with beau­ti­fully cu­rated pieces, set up in dif­fer­ent spa­ces through­out the store to pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion for her cus­tomers. “At Co.Co we truly aspire to be your life­style con­fetti,” she says. Whether you are look­ing for a spe­cial gift, a divine cush­ion or a fun piece to fin­ish a room, Co.Co is the per­fect des­ti­na­tion.

MUST-HAVE: Brent Rosenberg art­work (pic­tured left, above ta­ble), from $750/un­framed.

OPEN: Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs-Fri, 10am-6pm;

Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm.

VISIT: 58/59 Bay Street, (03) 9681 7878.



Judy Steven­son man­aged mul­ti­ple stores over the years, so when it came to choos­ing a name for her own store in 2015, she had one ob­jec­tive – for it to re­flect a re­laxed, calm and in­spir­ing shop­ping experience where the cus­tomer’s time is val­ued. She thought­fully chose Thyme For Liv­ing. It’s with this same thought­ful­ness that Judy has cre­ated a fun bou­tique where people can just come in as they pass by and find ever-chang­ing home­wares, gifts and fash­ion. “At­mos­phere is ev­ery­thing in our shop and by cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive, re­laxed, warm and invit­ing store, cus­tomers re­ally en­joy the experience,” says Judy, proudly.

MUST-HAVES: Heir­loom ex­otic faux fur throw, $450; Ap­s­ley & Com­pany ‘Glo­ri­ous’ can­dle, from $175.

OPEN: Mon-Sat, 10am-5.30pm; Sun, 10am-4pm.

VISIT: 74 Bay Street, (03) 9646 1067.



When wine en­thu­si­ast John Ten­nent opened Harry & Frankie five years ago, he wanted to cre­ate an un­pre­ten­tious place to not only cel­e­brate food, but also to high­light de­li­cious lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional wines. Take a seat at the bar and marvel at the shelves full of wine. Whether you want to pur­chase a bot­tle di­rectly from the shelf or en­joy some vino by the glass, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And the ex­ten­sive beer and spir­its list is equally as im­pres­sive. As for food, Harry & Frankie of­fers a menu that changes weekly (de­pend­ing on what is in sea­son); ex­pect home­made gnoc­chi, cro­quettes, and sliced-to-or­der sa­lumi and cheeses.

MUST-HAVES: Any wine; cheese, from $14/40g.

VISIT: 317 Bay Street,

(03) 9645 4414.

OPEN: Mon, 4-11pm; Tues, closed; Wed-Thurs, 4-11pm; Fri, 4pm­mid­night; Sat-Sun, 2pm-mid­night. BOOK­MARK:


Ju­nior Repub­lic is a shop­ping oa­sis for grown-ups and lit­tle ones alike.

Find chic light­ing by Madras Link and fur­ni­ture by Globe­West at Co.Co (above). En­joy a calm shop­ping en­vi­ron­ment at Thyme For Liv­ing (right). Harry & Frankie of­fers an ex­ten­sive range of wines to en­joy by the glass or bot­tle or to take away.

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